Posts tagged Cellphones

New App hopes to rival Siri, available now for Android, iOS and online.
True Knowledge claims to have built the “world’s first AI question answering machine”.
After a play with the Android App, I’m pretty impressed. Not only can it answer every question I threw at it, the Google voice recognition it’s based on managed to understand my New Zealand accent. The app reads aloud answers and presents them on screen.
While Siri works mainly to help you use the functions of your iPhone, the True Knowledge Evi app pulls answers for questions based on its databases of facts, provided both by the company and also by end users.

The crucial difference between our technology and sites like Wikipedia is that, whereas their users create and edit documents in natural language, here the information is in the form of discrete facts. Unlike natural language, these facts are in a form that computers can understand and process.

Apple users need to pay 99c for the app, most of which is paid to licence the voice recognition technology on the iOS platform - download that version here.
Android users get it free, as it uses the open source Android voice recognition - download here.
The technology is not only voice based, users can also enter plain text questions in the Apps, or on the website here.

New App hopes to rival Siri, available now for Android, iOS and online.

True Knowledge claims to have built the “world’s first AI question answering machine”.

After a play with the Android App, I’m pretty impressed. Not only can it answer every question I threw at it, the Google voice recognition it’s based on managed to understand my New Zealand accent. The app reads aloud answers and presents them on screen.

While Siri works mainly to help you use the functions of your iPhone, the True Knowledge Evi app pulls answers for questions based on its databases of facts, provided both by the company and also by end users.

The crucial difference between our technology and sites like Wikipedia is that, whereas their users create and edit documents in natural language, here the information is in the form of discrete facts. Unlike natural language, these facts are in a form that computers can understand and process.

Apple users need to pay 99c for the app, most of which is paid to licence the voice recognition technology on the iOS platform - download that version here.

Android users get it free, as it uses the open source Android voice recognition - download here.

The technology is not only voice based, users can also enter plain text questions in the Apps, or on the website here.

Technology predictions for 2012.

(Click here to jump straight into the predictions)

While 2011 saw a few great new consumer technology products come to market, there did seem to be a bit of a lull after the huge year that was 2010. Having seen the release of the iPad in 2010 starting an almost non-existent tablet market, along with the iPhone 4 which again set new benchmark levels for cellphone specs, 2011 turned out to be much quieter for Apple when they released only updated versions of both devices (and no revolutionary iPhone 5, as many hoped).

In the gaming market 2010 had also been a big year with the Kinect becoming the fastest selling consumer device ever, and along with the Playstation Move many new types of gamers started spending money on consoles, while starting the decline of the previously chart topping Nintendo Wii. 2011 however, saw little new innovation, with the main highlights of the gaming year being updates of proven big sellers like Call of Duty.

But several technology highlights deserve a mention - especially as many of them may not have been noticed for how important they were. 2011 saw social media and smartphones used to start revolutions and topple governments. A supercomputer was able to win a round of the TV show Jeopardy! - a technology which may see use by doctors as a clinical decision support system within the next two years. And despite releasing a phone which looked the same as last years model, Apple set a new standard for voice control with Siri on the iPhone 4S, which leads me into my tech predictions for 2012…

'Self Healing' iPhone case announced.
Nissan has unveiled its new Scratch Shield case for iPhone 4/4s. Made from ABS plastic, the case claims to be more rigid and robust than other cases, with no chance of it accidentally slipping off.
The main feature of the case is Nissan’s Scratch Shield paint - featured on Nissan cars around the world - which it claims is “the world’s first paint technology that allows fine scratches to quickly mend themselves”

When damage occurs to the coating, the chemical structure is able to react to change back to its original shape and fill the gap, thus “healing” the blemish. The healing process takes between an hour and a week depending on the damage. The Scratch Shield is currently being beta tested in Europe, with the technology also being licensed to NTT Docomo for use on mobile phones. If Nissan is satisfied with the results from the beta test, we can expect to see the case released to the general public later this year.

'Self Healing' iPhone case announced.

Nissan has unveiled its new Scratch Shield case for iPhone 4/4s. Made from ABS plastic, the case claims to be more rigid and robust than other cases, with no chance of it accidentally slipping off.

The main feature of the case is Nissan’s Scratch Shield paint - featured on Nissan cars around the world - which it claims is “the world’s first paint technology that allows fine scratches to quickly mend themselves”

When damage occurs to the coating, the chemical structure is able to react to change back to its original shape and fill the gap, thus “healing” the blemish. The healing process takes between an hour and a week depending on the damage. The Scratch Shield is currently being beta tested in Europe, with the technology also being licensed to NTT Docomo for use on mobile phones. If Nissan is satisfied with the results from the beta test, we can expect to see the case released to the general public later this year.

Future Apple and Samsung phones may be waterproof.
Following on from this story about a new spray to keep your mobile phone water proof, it seems another company may be going straight to the source, and lining up deals with Apple and Samsung to coat all new phones in a water proof coating.
The company HzO has come up with a competing product called WaterBlock, which it claims “protects your devices on a molecular scale, so you can breathe easy”.
According to a report on PocketLint:

The company is hoping to sign big deals with all leading manufacturers. A spokesman for the company told Pocket-lint that it is in the process of signing up a major smartphone partner and a headphones maker in the very near future.
The plan for headphones is that they wouldn’t be damaged by sweat when running or water when swimming.
"We showed the Samsung Chairman the technology with a Samsung Galaxy S that we had coated with HZO and he couldn’t believe his eyes," a representative of the company told us. "Samsung is really excited by the tech."
The company has told us that they are also talking to Apple as well, hoping to be able to let Apple make the iPhone 5 waterproof.
"We expect HZO to be in next season’s phones," HZO told Pocket-lint rather confidently.

Future Apple and Samsung phones may be waterproof.

Following on from this story about a new spray to keep your mobile phone water proof, it seems another company may be going straight to the source, and lining up deals with Apple and Samsung to coat all new phones in a water proof coating.

The company HzO has come up with a competing product called WaterBlock, which it claims “protects your devices on a molecular scale, so you can breathe easy”.

According to a report on PocketLint:

The company is hoping to sign big deals with all leading manufacturers. A spokesman for the company told Pocket-lint that it is in the process of signing up a major smartphone partner and a headphones maker in the very near future.

The plan for headphones is that they wouldn’t be damaged by sweat when running or water when swimming.

"We showed the Samsung Chairman the technology with a Samsung Galaxy S that we had coated with HZO and he couldn’t believe his eyes," a representative of the company told us. "Samsung is really excited by the tech."

The company has told us that they are also talking to Apple as well, hoping to be able to let Apple make the iPhone 5 waterproof.

"We expect HZO to be in next season’s phones," HZO told Pocket-lint rather confidently.

iPhone projector case about to go on sale.
The Brookstone Pocket Projector for iPhone 4 is able to project up to a 50” image with a 640 x 360 pixel resolution.
It has an integrated speaker and a 2100mAh rechargeable battery, which can also be used as a back-up battery for the phone.

iPhone projector case about to go on sale.

The Brookstone Pocket Projector for iPhone 4 is able to project up to a 50” image with a 640 x 360 pixel resolution.

It has an integrated speaker and a 2100mAh rechargeable battery, which can also be used as a back-up battery for the phone.

Samsung mobiles to get flexible displays next year.
Samsung Electronics have said that they are aiming to have mobile phones with flexible displays on the market next year.

"The flexible display, we are looking to introduce sometime in 2012, hopefully the earlier part," said spokesman Robert Yi during an earnings call. "The application probably will start from the handset side."
Yi said tablets and other mobile devices with flexible displays would follow.

The Samsung Galaxy S II has been a huge success this year, selling 10 million units in five months.

Samsung mobiles to get flexible displays next year.

Samsung Electronics have said that they are aiming to have mobile phones with flexible displays on the market next year.

"The flexible display, we are looking to introduce sometime in 2012, hopefully the earlier part," said spokesman Robert Yi during an earnings call. "The application probably will start from the handset side."

Yi said tablets and other mobile devices with flexible displays would follow.

The Samsung Galaxy S II has been a huge success this year, selling 10 million units in five months.

Video of the day: The Dangers of Technology.

Driving and texting is well known to be dangerous, and in many places illegal, but it’s not often you hear about the dangers of texting and walking. See what happens to this woman who tries to walk through a mall while texting.

A proposed new type of cellphone technology would not need cellphone towers.
The idea from the University of Sweden is to create a new generation of mobile phones that can send messages directly from one phone to another. The advantage of this type of spontaneous network is that it can be used by everyone, without any special equipment, and it can be set up virtually instantly to solve problems that arise in a specific place.
But such networks bring not only great potential but also challenges, as gaps and network partitions can arise, so that nobody can forward a message. At the same time the use of batteries necessitates great energy efficiency. Mikael Asplund and his associates have designed a program that overcomes these difficulties when it is run on telephones, making it possible to deliver messages under extremely severe conditions.

A proposed new type of cellphone technology would not need cellphone towers.

The idea from the University of Sweden is to create a new generation of mobile phones that can send messages directly from one phone to another. The advantage of this type of spontaneous network is that it can be used by everyone, without any special equipment, and it can be set up virtually instantly to solve problems that arise in a specific place.

But such networks bring not only great potential but also challenges, as gaps and network partitions can arise, so that nobody can forward a message. At the same time the use of batteries necessitates great energy efficiency. Mikael Asplund and his associates have designed a program that overcomes these difficulties when it is run on telephones, making it possible to deliver messages under extremely severe conditions.

Video of the day: Google’s voice translating phone.

Google’s experimental new feature is called ‘Conversation Mode’, and is able to work as a translator between any of the 57 languages that the web-based ‘Google Translate’ can currently translate between. By combining ‘Google Translate’ (the software that currently converts language on web sites) with ‘Google Voice Actions’ (which you may have used on your iPhone), any smart phone could be used as a translator with this program.

As you can see in the video though, this is still early stages - the German man takes three goes to get one sentence translated correctly - and you can bet that the first generation of this technology will frequently have these kind of problems. It will be exciting though to see how further generations of this software will be able to adapt and learn new dialects and accents.